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Don't you worry about getting carpal tunnel

Posted By: anon on 2005-11-02
In Reply to: Absolutely! - Busy MT'ing

or worse yet a blood clot from all that sitting? I used to work those kinds of hours about 8 years ago when we were swamped and they constantly asked us to put in more time. Now, I am suffering the consequences. I was diagnosed with RSD, repetitive stress disorder. My forearms start to ache and my neck and shoulders burn like heck. I messed myself up good so now can only work about 4 hours straight and then have to take a big break. Sure, it's possibe, but it will take its toll eventually.

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My wrists were just starting to hurt after almost 8 years of transcribing and I was thinking oh no, not surgery. I bought a pair of little stretchy "gloves" with the fingers cut out and an adjustable strap that goes around the wrist at Walmart for about $8.00 and they have really helped. Found them in the section where they have assorted splints and braces.
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I was having terrible symptoms of wrist pain, hand pain, forearm and shoulder pain.  A couple of years ago I switched to an ergonomic keyboard and the pain went away.  It took me about a week to get used to the keyboard, but it was well worth it.  The only problem is that now I can't type on a regular keyboard.  My friend, who has been an MT for 20+ years and was about ready to retire due to the pain, did the same and it helped her also.  There are a lot of ergonomic keyboards on the market, but my favorite is the Microsoft Natural.  Hope this helps.
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Have been doing this for 20+ years and I had more problems when working as an Admin Assistant for department heads at a hospital.  In fact had CT surgery when working as a secretary and answering phones for 12 social workers.  Since I have been doing this, have not had any problems except for that which comes with older age.  I do get up and move about, have a movable keyboard rest and work in several positions but type up to 10 hours a day sometimes and no problems.  I do walk, exercise and do yoga and take time for myself and feel that helps. 
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I began experiencing problems with carpal tunnel about 3 or 4 months ago. It wasn't so much during the day that I hurt. My first symptom was that I was waking up at night with my hands having numbness with a sharp tingling sensation. My thumb, and first two fingers were slightly numb during the day, but not enough that I really noticed it very much.

I went to the doctor for the pain that I was having at night because I thought that I had something wrong with my circulation.

His advice to me was to wear supportive wrist braces at night--and only at night--to keep me from bending my wrists while I sleep (which is what most people do, I guess). He said that I had inflammation of my carpal tunnel due to the amount of time that I spent on my keyboard (though I blame ASR for the necessary repetitive motions back and forth between the arrow keys and 'home row'). However, wearing a brace during the day would only cause my handsd to have to move in 'unnatural' ways and would only make the problem worse. He said that I needed to keep my wrists straight while I slept at night, as this would be when my wrists would receive their best 'healing time.' He also prescribed daily NSAIDs.

I noticed a difference after just one night!! I still had to wear the braces for about a month to completely get rid of the symptoms, but I am currently symptom-free!!

I can't say anything about how to relieve exhaustion WHILE ACTUALLY TYPING. I mean, the best thing to do is to take frequent breaks--but if you can't, then you can't!

I fortunately now have an account that has no ASR and allows me to work for a couple hours in the morning, a few hours in the afternoon, and a coulple of hours in the evening. This breaks up the monotony and gives my hands a break.
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I never had the surgery itself, but I worked with a coworker when I was in-house who had both hands done, but not at the same time. She was back to work within a couple of days. She did find that an "ergonically correct" keyboard (hope spelling is correct)was helpful. It took her a while to get used to it, but it really helped her.
The dreaded carpal tunnel

My doctor (neurosurgeon) thinks I need carpal tunnel surgery.  I went to him for back pain and during neuro checks, he said my thumbs were "dead."  He is sending me for an EMG.  The only thing I have noticed is that I wake up in the night with "numb wrists."  I don't have any finger/hand symptoms at all.  I have always knocked on wood when anybody said "carpal tunnel." 

Has anybody out there had carpal tunnel surgery? And how did it turn out?  BTW, I am 51 and have been an MT since 1984. 

carpal tunnel syndrome...nm

yes, CTS, (carpal tunnel) sorry guys

well at least im not alone. its probably sign of carpal tunnel,..
something to do with blood flow or something. its stinks and it hurts. i run my hands under hot burning water when i just cant take it any more.
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1. Vitamin B6,50 mg a day. No more than 50 mg per day, as per my neurologist. (i.e. if you take more than that, you can burn the nerves and cause pain). I have taken B-6 50mg a day, more or less, for 10+ years.

2. Watch what program you are typing on. I have much less problem with Microsoft Word 97, no experience with newer versions of Word, BUT, WP5.1 and other programs like ChartScript really, really caused MAJOR CT symptoms after even a week. So, I'm sticking with Word for now.

3. Do the exercise where you really stretch the wrist back (up) a long way. Seems to help. You can search Google for other exercises.

The B6 and being on Word instead of Word Perfect have really helped me. If I was still on Word Perfect, I don't know if I'd still be doing this. Hope you get help. I had one hand operated on 16 years ago by an excellent orthopod, and have never had to have the other one done.

Is it possible for carpal tunnel syndrome to cause a slight tingling feeling in the face as well as the arms and hands?  I have had just the slightest of tingling in my face for the last two weeks.  No other symptoms at all...just a slight tingling.  I have also had, for a longer period of time, pins and needles in both arms, more on the right.  I've been a steady MT for about 14 years, and I'm wondering if it's catching up with me?  I sorta ruled out a stroke since I figured I'd be dead by now and there are no other symptoms!  Any advice/help is greatly appreciated. 

you are confusing RSI with carpal tunnel
I'm not having a problem with my wrists. It's all the tendons in my fingers. Funny thing, I posted the message after having gone to Best Buy and clickey-clacking through all their keyboards. They are all stiff too. I am looking for something that you can just barely touch the keys so my tendons aren't so strained.
Carpal tunnel surgery??

Has anyone had the surgery on both hands?  I just got done with the left hand and now will have the right hand done next week.  Just wondering if you are right handed if that hand takes longer to heal.  My left healed enough for me to type in about three weeks. I am hoping my right does too.  I want to change companies, but cannot really apply for any jobs or even test if I do not know when I can start. 

Thanks for any help.  I am new here and it has been a wealth of info for me. 


right carpal tunnel surgery - sm
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Well, it has finally happened.  After 18 years of transcription, I'm starting to have symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.  It has come on very suddenly, over the course of just a week.  What I would like to know is if it is possible to turn this around, since it's just coming on?  I have bought wrist supports, which help immensely, as does naproxen.  I'm taking frequent breaks also.  Can somebody give me hope that I won't end up needing surgery? 
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one of the first things some people experience is excruciating elbow pain.
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Hey All,

I have been putting off surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, and am wondering if any of you have had carpal tunnel surgery.  How long was it before you could return to full-time transcription?  How much releif did the surgery give?  I also have developed a nodule on the inside of my right thumb,  right where it hits the spacebar and am having to hold my wrists up higher, like I am playing the piano, so I don't hit that spot on my thumb, and that makes my arms get numb faster than they usually do.  What a mess!

I just can't keep going much longer, but I am scared of the financial loss of not working for any period of time


Thanks in advance for any advice you can give!

Tinnitus and carpal tunnel....
....plus a rotten and distrustful attitude toward the industry. Man, I'm so grateful to be old and retired!
Don't forget Carpal Tunnel Lane! nm
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Go to your local drug store and purchase the best pair available and then wear them nightly faithfully.  They help tremendously!  (At least me, but everyone's different...)  
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or such that helped carpal tunnel without surgery or such.  I am really having problems with my right wrist and it is majorly affecting my production.  I do not want surgery or such, so was going to try vitamins or exercise first, any suggestions?  Thanks. 
Bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome.
I have the above, and neurologist told me that at all times to keep my wrists turned outwards and not bent inwards. This, along with wrist splints, have helped me tremendously and I have no need for surgical intervention.
Duh! Should be carpal tunnel. I really should proof before I hit send. nm
Burn-out, carpal tunnel, RSI, obesity,
blood clots in the legs, very high stress to produce fast and still 100% accuracy, years of training... we are waaaay underpaid.
what are the specific symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (sm)
Anyone know the specific symptoms of carpal tunnel? My right top of my arm feels sort of numb, like my forearm and my wrist aches.  Also, my shoulder hurts.  Is this typical for carpal tunnel or maybe something else?
those of you with hand pain, carpal tunnel, tendinitis

How long had you been in the business before the onset of the symptoms, how fast did they progress, and what steps did you take to keep the symptoms at bay, without surgery.  Even those who have had surgery, you may reply whether or not it helped.

For me, my symptoms began after seven years, just aching.  I then switched keyboards to split.  That worked for a few months, then the joint pains in fingers.  I typed softer, really concentrated on not BANGING the keys out.  Those two things helped another six months.  Last year about this time, pain again caught up.  I got splints..started B6, magnesium, muscle relaxers, took sugar and pasta out of diet (most), and coffee, carpal tunnel exercises.  If I deviate off this diet for even one day, I get the inflammation in the wrists.  The night splint worked for exactly one year.  Here we are, i'm now on the same boring diet, and have resorted to wearing the splints during the day as well.  I believe this is my last year as an MT.  I need to get a dif job and do this part time or find an editing job which seems impossible.

Could some of you share your time lines so I know how severe mine is in comparison?  Also anything I have not tried, if you could share.  Thanks. 

does workman's compensation cover us for carpal tunnel? nm
Isolation, backaches, carpal tunnel, eyestrain sm
neck pain, sensitivity to noise, others think you're "nuts" because you know so much; yet they call you first for every little thing. On the positive side, being able to perform a task not many can, even doctors! Pride in profession, even though in today's world the pay stinks! It used to pay well, sorry for those who have wasted 2 years of college on something that is going the way of the horse and buggy. Sorry to be so negative, it's sad and I get even madder if anyone calls us "a dying breed" - we are special people. Love it, hate to see what's happening all around me - worth the pain to me though, not sorry about any of it. No flaming please, its sad enough, bordering on depression but refuse to go there, I take a nice hot bath instead and hope for the best.
My left thumb is the only "finger" I don't use, carpal tunnel is bad enough already.nm
And don't forget avoiding carpal tunnel syndrome! nm
so its not a common typing symptom? like carpal tunnel maybe? i am the only one here who suffers...
from chronic cold fingers? only while typing.
Probably something to do with carpal tunnel - The rare times mine acts up - sm
my thumbs get weird and trembly (?). I suspect that is your problem. Try changing your keyboard position, if you have it raised, make it flat, and visa versa. On my backup computer I have to have the keyboard raised but on my everyday PC I have it flat, and my CTS does not bother me now that I have my keyboards situated well for me.
...to prevent carpal tunnel and other repetative stress injury. nm
Don't worry about it. In 5-6 years you'll have plenty to worry about!
A 10-year-old is never in a situation where anything can "happen," and they don't understand anything "happening" anyway. At this age they're only capable of "having a boyfriend" because that's what they see on TV - that's what the world "expects of us", to pair up and "like each other."

Her friends aren't talking about adult "things" to do in a "relationship" yet, and she doesn't even have those feelings, hormones, or needs yet so don't worry about it.

At 10, having a "boyfriend" is the equivalent to playing "dress up" or "make believe" and is just "sitting together in the cafeteria" at best.

Plus they move on to a new "boyfriend" in a week, a few weeks tops.

Relax, Mom. The part to worry about is yet to come and I wouldn't want to deal with that again for anything!

Best of luck and enjoy these years while you can.
IC with severe carpal ts, what will I do for $$
Hi, any suggestions for an IC for 10 years now that has severe CTS? I am in severe pain and have to medicate myself daily to work. After raising 2 kids on my own, I don't have any $$$ left to pay for an operation. What do I do now? I am so used to being independent.  .   .thanks for any help.sm
Wait til he goes thru a tunnel!! ;-) nm
some people have tunnel vision and don't see the
It's possible to get "carpal tunnel" at your elbows, too. nm
Carpel Tunnel pain
My wrists are acting up again. I'm looking for some ideas to help ease the pain. I've got the ergo keyboard and that helps some, but I can't type without having my wrists sitting on the wrist rest. Old habits die hard, I guess. I'm looking for some kind of brace or glove to wear while I type that is both comfortable and functional. Any ideas?
be careful all of you - you could be pushing yourself into repetitive use syndrome formerly carpal t
and then your ability to earn an income is jeopardized.... I know because I have walked in those shoes.
Sounds like cubital tunnel syndrome (sm)
which is like carpal tunnel of the elbow.

I've been told to bend my elbows as little as possible, and wear knee braces on my elbows in bed to keep my arms straight (or else tie a scarf around my waist and tie my hands to my waist - but that sounded too kinky to me LOL)
I think you can get cortisone injections in there if necessary, which is easier than surgery.
Obviously the poster has a tunnel-vision one-sided view of Walmart.
Facts confuse and confound Walmart haters. They watch a piece on TV and think they know it all. Sad really because they think they can change the world with bias with their little news groups and posts that are so illogical and not thought out at all to present an reasonable argument.

Bottom line is most retail stores hire part time. They import goods from outside the US. They avoid paying benefits by hiring part time. They pay minimum wage or close to minimu wage. They hire unskilled workers with very little education or people who are retired or trying to make a little extra to supplement another income.

I see no unhappy people at any Walmart I have shopped at, workers or shoppers.
Please do not worry about it.

Sometimes, it seems as if we do everything the way we know it's right, but they nitpick about everything we do.  I have proved my use of proper grammar documented with my college English books, but they come up with this, "That's how the client wants it" stuff.  OK, so why isn't it on my account spec sheet?

I think the trick is to find a smaller MTSO, one who believes as we do style-wise.  For example, I learned to use commas quite often.  At one national I worked for, it was NO commas period.  If you had two independent phrases connected by a FANBOY, you broke them apart into two separate sentences.  I worked for two other nationals and a hospital, and they never had a problem with my work.  It was just this one certain person at one certain national.  You should see some of the other things I was corrected on.  I wound up quitting because this person went against everything I learned in my MT course, at college, and in all my years of work experience.  This was not a good QA person, and other people on this board have worked with her.  (PRINCIPAL vs. PRINCIPLE)

However, the MTSO I currently work for gives me rave reviews.  I don't have to relearn everything again.  We evidently went to the same school of style!  LOL  Keep looking.  You'll find your fit.  It's no fun working in a constantly negative and nitpicky environment.

Of course, you don't worry. Don't want to get
Not to worry.

When my husband was in the military and deployed, we had tons of "discussions" over finances.  It's a control thing.  He's gone and can't add his input into your decision making, so he feels a lack of control there.  I kept spreadsheets and quicken files to prove where I did or didn't spend money.  Then I'd send printouts to him so he could feel like he was part of it.  Granted, you shouldn't have to prove that you weren't blowing his money at the mall!  With my husband and I, our roles are reversed.  I'm the critical one when it comes to budgeting, bills, and finances.  My husband is more, shall we say, impulsive?  He'd be deployed and go sight seeing and out to eat because he'd never left our state before joining the military.  I'd be at home juggling the kids, the broken down car, the bills, my job, and everything else, so I'd get mad at him for having fun being the single guy.  Granted, some trips were definitely not fun for him.

Let's see, you two are married, therefore, his money is your money, your money is his, etc.  We had the whole his money, my money, our money thing going on as well.  Have you thought about a joint account?  Remember, he's responsible for supporting you and any kids you have, as well as for paying the bills.  DO NOT let him make you feel guilty about spending money on bills or the household or about not working.  I think the women of today have that problem.  Women of the '50s were expected to stay home, clean the house, cook the meals, and care for the kids.  Now, we're expected to do all that, plus work on top of it.  I tried being SuperMom for the first 8 years of our marriage before I snapped.  It's not worth it.  Don't feel guilty because you DO contribute to the household even if you don't have a paycheck.  He couldn't pay someone to clean the house, cook the meals, care for the kids, take care of your personal finances, and everything else that you do.

:))))) oh don't worry, I have


this ol girl has left the room

MQ kept wanting every year for me to invest more into providing profits

for them and yet never ever reacted to my inquiries of additional monies for

a line I produced.  Well, I'm a business too.   I need to increase my income to

meet my overhead and my cost of living goes up for me just as it did for them.

Yet all they could offer was "let me give you another account".......well, honey,

I told her--------there are only 24 hours in a day! or haven't you noticed.

  see ya

Don't worry. We all have to go through
the dreaded learning curve with any new job or account for that matter.

The more you work on the same account the faster you'll get so with you being full-time should help.

Oh and make sure you get plenty of samples for those difficult dictators and that you follow up on the blanks you have to leave them.

Is there another MT on the account that can give you some pointers?
Why worry.....
If you're going to get it, you're going to get it, and all the fretting in the world ain't gonna' change that. I mean, when you go out to check your mail, a car could hit the curb and run you down; are you going to worry about that, too?